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There are many different elements involved in patient treatment, and nurses need to stay in-the-know about all of them. If you’re a registered nurse, then Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions can help you stay on top of the latest trends in health care while gaining the skills necessary to further your career. When you’re always learning, you’ll stay informed about different types of treatment, including pet therapy.

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Caring for patients is a ministry that nurses feel called to perform. Although nursing is an inherently compassionate profession, it’s all too easy to lose sight of these values in the rush to get from one patient to the next. Advancing in your health care career isn’t solely about continuing education opportunities, such as the RN to BSN program at Grand Canyon University. It’s also about slowing down, and taking the time to reflect on the values that initially led you to health care. Remembering these values every day can improve outcomes for your patients and lead to a more spiritually fulfilling career.

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By Sabrina Corpus
MPH Candidate, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Short for human papillomavirus, HPV is one of the most common STIs in the United States (CDC, 2018). If persistent HPV infections occur, it could lead to cancer and genital warts (CDC, 2018). This vaccination is typically a two-dose series if performed from the ages 11-14. If the patient exceeds that age range, it will be a three-dose series from 15 to 26 years of age. Though HPV is one of the most common STIs, why is there such a low record of teenagers getting this vaccination?

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ER nurses deal with an incredible variety of cases every shift, and not every medical problem causes visible signs. There is an increasing trend toward behavioral health patients seeking emergency room care, simply because they have nowhere else to turn or because their family members brought them to the ER when the mental disorder became unmanageable. Behavioral health patients can present an array of challenges, which may include delusions, aggression and suicide ideation. Every emergency care nurse should know how to handle behavioral health patients. You can gain the knowledge and skills you need via an RN to BSN degree program and continuing education courses.

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Any job has the potential to involve stress and interpersonal conflict, but it doesn’t have to be this way. When the workplace is a hospital and those who are ill and injured are relying on the health care providers, it’s essential for those providers to work well together as a cooperative team. A strong nursing team is also integral to high job satisfaction, retention rates and overall quality of life for the employees.

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A statistic by Lamar University states that “there are four times as many nurses as doctors in the U.S., and their roles continue to grow as nurses expand into services beyond traditional areas to include work in private practices, clinics, public health centers, nursing homes, companies and mental health agencies”. With this staggering number of nurses, it is important that each one of them is confident and well-prepared for the workforce.

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By Dawna Cato
GCU Alumni, Vice President of Clinical Care Services

At 22 years old, I was a young mother with two children both born with congenital heart defects. I knew I wanted to go to college, and nursing seemed to be an obvious choice so I could understand my children’s condition more fully and better care for them. I started as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1990.

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By Mary Robinson
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

When I was 6 years old, my grandmother died of brain cancer. Seeing how kind and awesome the nurses in the hospital were to my grandma made me want to be a nurse. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to go into nursing. Today, I teach courses at Grand Canyon University in the RN to BSN program.

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